Library Cat

Library Cat: The Observations of a Thinking Cat by Alex Howard (Black and White Publishing).
You can have a sneaky peek at a couple of my illustrations inside the book on the preview on amazon...

Skeletal Deebs

I got my hands on some scrap piece of paper in earth tones, which I find nicer to work on than white because they create a middle tone to start off with. I've also been looking for ways to develop my sketches into finished pieces of work and be more creative with how I put them together. This drawing of Deebs is just really another sketch but I thought I'd see if my theatrical makeup could play a part in my work. If anyone wants to have a look my theatrical makeup blog is at:

Inspiration 2

Revisiting artists that I studied at school and university, Frida Kahlo and Henri Matisse. Both used colour and symbolism in very different ways.

Icarus - Henri Matisse -1947

The Two Fridas - Frida Kahlo - 1939
Some say this painting represents Kahlo's dual heritage. According to Kahlo's friend it was inspired by paintings such as "The Two Sisters" by Theodore Chassériau. Kahlo suffered from bouts of ill health, stemming from an accident when she was 18. This caused her to be isolated from other people at times, and so she tended to paint self portraits as she is the "subject she knows best". She often uses symbolism in her work and her pieces usually have a surreal element.

Inspiration 1

Work of amazing illustrator Katie Scott :

Katie Scott seems to have worked on a vast array of projects, from educational books to surreal art to wallpaper design. Her work is very refined and detailed, yet imaginative and there is always a sense of her own style, which is why it translates so well to just a broad range of projects.